Graduation Date


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department or Program


Department or Program Chair

Elizabeth Truesdell PhD

First Reader

Madalienne F. Peters, EdD


Standards-based physical education may have an impact on students’ academic performance. Many studies support this notion. In many schools, physical education curricula are being greatly reduced. They may be removed or replaced with other programs. It is a common perception that physical education is an extra curricular activity and can be characterized as “free time” or recess. The purpose of this study is to analyze quality indicators of standards-based physical education programs in a select setting in an urban middle school. The research literature yields studies with mixed results. However in a meta analysis of the research in this area, there is support for the positive influence on students academic learning. The study follows qualitative research design using interview protocals. Participants included an expert in the area of physical education and middle school students in an urban setting. Overall, findings indicated that students had the ability to transfer information learned in physical education to other subject areas and life situations that occur beyond the classroom. Additionally, teaching standards-based physical education has an impact on students’ total academic experience. Physical education holds a value to students as it prepares them to live an healthy and active lifestyle. Results indicated that in a focused standards-based physical education program where students are taught to make conscious choices, they are better prepared to choose and implement positive behaviors. Also, it provides students with the resources and education they need to become physical and health literate.

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